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1. Time
Determine how much time you have before the actual move. Usually when you book far in advance you can get a cheaper rate and a higher chance to book the morning slot. Act accordingly to your time frames; don’t wait until the last minute. If you have more time, you can do a better research on moving companies and a better planning of your move. Most likely this will save you time and money down the road. ​

2. Research is the key
Do a profound research, go online, there are so many resources that you can use. BBB or Yelp might be a great place to look for reviews and see how the movers did in the past. Websites like Moving.com can give you an option to request moving quotes from several companies. All of them are licensed and insured. Another great thing to do is to visit www.movingscam.com to see if your company is on their “Super List”.

3. Onsite Estimate?
It’s a great idea to have a representative visit your place. From the moving company’s perspective, onsite estimate gives them the ability to provide you with an accurate quote and evaluate the complexity of the move. Usually many small details are being added to the list of things to be done, and as we all know – the summary of small things sometimes makes a big difference in the end of the day.
From your perspective, the consumer, having an onsite estimate will insure that nothing was left forgotten, will give you comfort and confidence, and keep you safer from getting scammed.

4. Terms and conditions of the contract
After the research was done, all the reviews read, credentials checked and estimates compared, it happened – you have
chosen a mover. Now it’s time to book and secure the reservation. Before you do that, make sure to do a profound reading on all the agreements and orders. Make sure you fully understand all the terms and conditions of your contract. When a local move, movers usually take a deposit to secure the reservation which is a common procedure.

5.TO DO’s
Make a “to do” list, use the calendar. Calendar is a great organizing tool that helps to visualize the time that’s left before the move. Build a plan of tasks to be performed and stick to that plan. Your daily list should never be more than 5 items long. Otherwise you’re taking on too much and setting yourself up for failure. Mark at least one of those tasks as things you absolutely must get done that day.

6. Got Junk?
Try to sell or give away the items that you don’t longer need. Craigslist, Freecycle or eBay might be a great solution. Arrange for a charity organization or junk removal service at least few weeks before the actual move. 1-800-GOTJUNK might be a good option.

7. Photographer in you
Take photos of your cleaned-out old place and your new home before moving in. This is essential if you’re renting and want to get your deposit back. By doing so, you can avoid all the headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.

8. Essentials first
Pack the items you will need first after the move. Using a clear plastic bin might be a great idea. Pack things like a personal documents, medications, eyeglasses, keys, scissors, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, power strips and chargers, tools, toilet paper, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside and separates itself from the rest of the plastic bins and boxes.

9. Use white packaging paper
When packing breakables use a lot of white paper and try to avoid using bubble-wrap. White paper is one of the best shock absorber and padding material. White paper fills out the space in between the items much better than any other material and provides the right level of protection to the stuff you are packing.

10. Dish barrels help
Use double-walled/double-corrugated cardboard boxes for all the breakables. Never do not use book boxes for your wine glasses and china! They can crush much easier than dish packs. Those are also called “China boxes”.

11. Clear out your walls
Take down of the wall all your artwork, picture frames and wall decorations prior to the move. Stack them in or corner, where those would be out of the way.

12. Lamps out of the way
Organize all of your lamps by unplugging them, rolling up the cables, taking the lamp shades and light bulbs down and packing those away in a separate box. Those items tend to be consuming and do not weight a lot, so try to keep them separately.

13. Labels please
Make sure all of your boxes are labeled. It will not hurt if you also tag your boxes on the side. This will make it much easier to identify a box that you are loading for in a pile of bins and boxes.

14. Colors, stickers, Staples
Color-code rooms upon delivery. This can save a lot of time by avoiding your movers from making misfiles and misplacing your items. You can easily purchase color stickers in Staples or online in places like Amazon.com.

15. Walkthroughs
Walkthrough after the house is empty. Make sure you didn’t miss something and nothing is being left behind. Walkthrough before moving your household goods into your new home is important – this gives your movers a good idea on the layout of your delivery location.

16. Moving a television
Try to leave TVs and other electronic supplies for your movers to pack. In case if you have decided to pack those on your own – make sure you have the right box for the right items. TV boxes could be easily purchased online or in stores like The Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement.

17. Use wardrobe boxes
Packing your hanging clothes would be much easier by using wardrobe boxes. They mainly come with a 18” metal bar that goes across the box and serves as the hanging bar. Packing and unpacking those is much easier than folding and unfolding everything to and from regular large boxes.

18. Book boxes for books
Be sure to use small boxes for packing your books. This will prevent the box from being overloaded and getting torn apart by the weight of the contents. Plus it will be much more easier for you or your movers to handle those boxes.

19. Packing up the kitchen
Do not underestimate the amount of work needs to be done in your kitchen. Kitchen is the most time consuming part of the house when it comes to packing. It would be a great idea to have a professional to assess the quantity of boxes to be packed.

20. No Liquids please
Sometimes the liquids packing could be really challenging. Some moving companies do not move liquids, especially, if you are moving out of the state. It may be a great idea to check in before wasting your time and energy on those. In case when your movers agreed to relocate those items, it would be very helpful to use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes. This will prevent from any leak inside the truck and water damage of the surrounding goods.

21. Are you a winey?
Shipping wine is always easier by using special wine containers. These are generally made from styrofoam and can hold up to 20 bottles. Sometimes wine containers can be purchased online at places like.

22. Aquariums
Moving aquariums can be a real headache. If you asked movers to relocate your aquarium, don’t forget to have them pack or crate your aquarium. Make sure you empty it few days in advance so the sand and decorations have enough time to dry out. If you are moving to another state, it would be much better to donate your fish to your friends or neighbors or even return the creatures to the pet store.

23. Handling your furniture
Disassemble some of the furniture prior to the move. If you are relocating with a moving company and trying to keep the cost as low as possible – try to do as much pre-move organizing and preparation as you can. Dismantling of some of your furniture would be a great example. You do not have necessarily to take apart all the beds and complex pieces of furniture, like china cabinets, glass TV stands, grandmother’s commode and heavy dressers. At the same time taking apart simple items like coffee tables, end tables, chairs will make it easier for movers to move around the house and definitely will save the time and your money.

24. Glass shelves
Packing away small glass tops and glass shelves will save you a lot of time on the move. Movers are usually pretty thorough with handling such items and it may take some extra time and extra expenses. Use one or few dishpacks to pack away those breakables and save yourself a few dollars.

25. Leaving glass to the movers
Please, do not try to crate up large glass tops and glass shelves by yourself! If you have no idea what you are doing it is better to stop! Those items are usually vibration and bump sensitive and it is very easy to brake them. Professional movers usually use double-walled cardboards to custom-crate marble, granite and glass tops and shelves. If you are an amateur in packing – keep your nose away from those things.

26. Moving food?
Moving food is always better in transparent plastic bins. Please keep in mind that frozen food is temperature sensitive and has to be contained in a secured and temperature proof containers. The transparent plastic bins will help you to see and find easier the items that need to be moved into your new fridge first.

27. Moving a refrigerator
Moving a refrigerator is something that requires at least two man force. Don’t kill yourself and damage your walls. Have professional movers take care of your appliance. Also keep in mind that you won’t be able to use your fridge for about 2-3 hours after the move.

28. Moving washer and dryer
Make sure to double check with your movers if they do the installation of the appliances. Many companies just do not provide such a service. By doing so, you will have enough time to find and schedule a handyman or an appliance guy, who will be able to do that for you.

29. Moving your garden tools
This process is always not an easy one. Try to consolidate and organize all of your tools as much as you can. Only by grouping three-four shovels and rakes and taping them would be a great deal of help. This will save a lot of time for the movers and make the whole job much easier. One common mistake, that a lot of people make, is to load up a trash bin or bins with all the garden tools they have. Such an action not only won’t help, but also will add some difficulties to the moving process. Why? Because the trash bin is heavy and you won’t be able to stock it easily on the top of something inside the truck. Why don’t movers just leave it on the bottom? Because a trash bin is so odd shaped that it is almost impossible to stock any items on the top of it. But even with all this being said – ”do not waste space inside the trash bucket”, feel free to fill it up but make sure you cover the top can be covered with a lid and nothing sticks out.

30. Moving a motorcycle
Not every single moving company provides such a service as relocating of a motorcycle. It requires a lift gate on the truck and metal bars that go across the box of the truck to secure the motorcycle. Make sure to inform your sales representative (moving coordinator) about the motorcycle to avoid any misunderstandings.

31. No paint… Please
Most of the moving companies do not move paint and related items. You would either have to move that by yourself or arrange for disposal. Remember, paint cannot disposed with the regular trash.

32. Moving a chandelier
Packing and moving of the chandelier. This process is not as easy as it seems to be prima facie. Chandeliers are usually very delicate and fragile. The best way to move those would be to have your movers build a custom crate prior to the move. A crate for chandeliers usually comes with a hug to hang your fragile item. Contact your sales representative to obtain more information on price and availability.

33. Moving a bean bag
Moving this large, jelly and old-shaped item is as funny and hilarious as complicated sometimes. Pack it? No, there is no way a normal person could pack this in a box, unless you have a 4ft x 4ft x 4ft box laying in your basement. Wrap it? This could be as challenging as packing it. The best way is to have your movers pack this beast for you. Usually shrink nylon serves as a great solution for this task.

34. Moving a tool chest
When moving a tool box a customer is usually allowed to leave the tools inside, which saves a lot of time and energy unloading the chest, organizing and packing away your instruments. Make sure you inform your moving coordinator that you are planning to move a tool box, cause those items usually do require a lift gate on the truck. You will also most likely be asked to lock the chest and to keep the key.

35. Moving a copy machine.
Before you even think on relocating your copy machine, make sure you get in touch with your provider. Sometimes your provider is the one that will move a copy machine for you. In addition, moving this item by yourself may cause termination of your warranty! In case if you did all of the above indicated and you still consider that having a moving company would be the best solution- make sure you inform your moving specialist with all the information possible.

36. Moving a large mirror?
Packing and moving a large mirror is not a job for rookies :) When moving a mirror by yourself you can easily damage this item. Leave this delicate process to the movers. By padding and crating the mirror they will make sure that it’s safe from being dent, cheeped or scratched. Also keep in mind that using a car for this is a bad idea. Mirrors usually don’t need a lot to be broken. That’s why it’s much safer to have movers relocate the item on a moving van. By securing the breakable items with moving straps they will make sure your precious belonging is safe.

37. Music when moving… What?
Yes, put some music on for the movers. This will keep them upbeat and energized throughout the day. Don’t go crazy with the volume and don’t put your romantic collection on :) Something simple and energetic should do the job. If you’re located in Massachusetts 94.5 or 106.7 should do the job.

38. Donuts and coffee!
Trust me, this will give some extra energy to your moving team. Carbohydrates and coffee – you just can’t go wrong. Getting a coffee box and donuts from DD would cost you only $15, but you’re hitting 2 apples with one arrow: 1 Energizing up your team and 2 Doing something nice and showing your guys that you appreciate what they do.

39. Tip The Mover
What’s the golden rule in moving industry? Yes, it’s: “Tip The Mover!”. It’s wise to do a walkthrough and in the of it to inform the movers that you want them to do a great job, take good care of your belonging and that you’ll take care of them in the end. This can sometimes save you a lot of money and nerves. Not only will this small sign of appreciation push them to do an extra step here and there throughout the whole day, but it also gives a lot of extra motivation to your guys.

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